“We immediately launched the search operation which went on during the night as well as today,” Batala SSP Daljinder Singh Dhillon said. The police used hand-held thermal imaging devices to trace any suspicious movement in the civil areas, the SSP added.
The security personnel were on “high alert” in the backdrop of escalating tension between India and Pakistan, the SSP said.
The intruders, who had crossed the border but were behind the barbed wire fencing, were challenged.
Tension has been escalated between India and Pakistan following the recent terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across the Line of Control (LoC) to destroy terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Nearly 1,000 villages in six border districts of Punjab, located within 10 km from the IB, have been ordered to be evacuated following the tension between the neighbouring nations. The evacuation was ordered as a preventive measure.